Have you heard the term “low intervention wine”? Those who make them will say that wine is made in the vineyard. Yes, wine is literally made in the winery. It is here, through the process of fermentation, that grape juice turns into wine. But the key ingredient in wine is: GRAPES. It goes to say: wine is made in the vineyard. That all the different variables: grape variety, soil composition, precipitation, weather, and other climatic factors (a concept the French call terroir) are what most impact the final style and taste of what is in your glass.
Low intervention wines are wines in which the impact of the winemaker is minimal. The idea is that we work with what mother nature gave us, and intervene minimally to get you cult wines in your glass that you dig.
To make wine that achieves this, you have to start with high quality grapes. Low intervention wines tend to be made with organic and/or biodynamically grown grapes. In this natural winemaking style, there’s a lot of things that aren’t used: no commercial yeasts, no fining or filtering, and no (or very little) additives. If you have a wine subscription to a winery, you might notice that the wines can taste a bit homogenous. That’s because the winemaker has a style. With low intervention wines, every wine will taste distinct.
What does a low intervention wine taste (and look like) in the glass? The wines tend to be vibrant and zippy. Some say these wines are more “alive”. They tend to have high acidity and can sometimes have sour/tart notes to them. The wine might also appear hazy or cloudy.
At the end of the day, low intervention wines are a good thing if you care about what you put in your body and like to keep things fun and interesting in your glass.
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